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new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘Shrek Forever After,’ ‘MacGruber,’ ‘Cop Out,’ ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ more (with DVD alternatives)

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE Shrek Forever After: Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss square off against the evil tyrant Rumpelstiltskin. Scary. [trailer] review to come If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • Shrek 2 (2004): Still the best in the series, with one of the greatest character intros ever (for Puss in Boots). … more…

bias update: March 1

obsession: Canadian TV (and film) (because I’m hungry for something new and good) boyfriend: Esai Morales in Caprica (not so much his character, though: he’s sorta sad and scary) psyched: Alice in Wonderland (even though I’m still on Disney’s shitlist) girl crush: no one dreading: She’s Out of My League (for perpetuating obnoxious stereotypes) enemy: … more…

Cop Out (review)

Shame on Silent Bob. I realize that times is tough and everyone’s gotta make a living, and that that’s probably why Kevin Smith agreed to direct a big-budget studio buddy action comedy. But shame on him anyway.

question of the day: Should Kevin Smith — or any filmmaker — leave “the personality stuff” out of his films?

From the same MTV article whence came the Kevin Smith quote that formed the core of yesterday’s QOTD about the Southewest Airlines debacle comes a completely unrelated quote from the filmmaker that struck me. About his latest movie, Smith says: “[‘Cop Out’] has nothing to say itself; it’s a popcorn movie,” he explained. “Let me … more…